U.S. Congressman John Katko | E-Newsletter
Week in Review | April 13, 2018 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Congressman John Katko
Week in Review

Delivering Aid for School Districts and Law Enforcement to Bolster School Safety

The horrific shooting that occurred in Parkland in February left our nation raw with shock, sadness, and anger
. In the weeks and months that followed, students, teachers, parents, and families around the country and here in Central New York grieved the loss of innocent lives and have demanded action.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with members of our local law enforcement, school administrators and teachers, and most importantly, with our students. In several meetings with groups of students from school districts across the 24th Congressional District, these articulate and well-informed young men and women have made clear that they simply want to feel safe and secure when they go to school. I took what I heard from these students back to Washington and proudly advocated on their behalf. Because of the efforts of myself and other lawmakers seeking productive change, Congress authorized over $2.3 billion in new funding in the recent omnibus bill for mental health, training, and school safety efforts to keep children and schools safe. Additionally, this bill also fully funds the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and ensures that it operates more adequately to address background check demand and improve NICS performance, including enhancing system availability, determination rates, and E-Check services.

Of the $2.3 billion in new funding, $213 million is allocated to the Department of Justice for school safety grants, active shooter training for police officers, and peer-to-peer mentoring for at risk youth, $1.9 billion will fund anti-bullying and anti-harassment programs, and $205 million will help expand mental health services.


Building Coalitions to Combat Human Trafficking

I hosted an important Homeland Security Committee Transportation & Protective Security Subcommittee bipartisan roundtable discussion at McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center with Ranking Member Bonnie Watson Coleman on drug and human trafficking here in Central New York, and the impact of these threats on our national security
. Whether by exploiting America’s highways, railways, busses, or air travel, the trafficking of drugs and people continues to be a scourge that we must actively combat.  I'm especially grateful for the participation of local advocates from McMahon/Ryan and Vera House, Inc. as well as federal and local law enforcement, including officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office.  


Welcoming Central New York's Newest Citizens

The United States of America is a country that was founded by immigrants and our success today is directly tied to our acceptance of all nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures. Proud to be back at my alma mater, Syracuse University College of Law, as 52 new Americans in our community became citizens, including 15 members of our armed services. Congratulations! 

New Airline at Hancock International Airport Will Create Greater Economic Opportunity in CNY

Excited to be at Syracuse Hancock International Airport to announce that Frontier Airlines will begin nonstop service out of Syracuse to several cities nationwide! I commend Syracuse Airport Director Christina Callahan for her forward thinking and consistent efforts to attract new carriers and make travel more manageable and convenient for passengers. Alongside the Airport’s ongoing upgrades, I am confident that these newly added services out of Syracuse will boost our region’s revitalization efforts and help grow our local economy. 

Around Central New York

Robin and I are always proud to support Hope for Heather
. We were glad to once again participate in the annual Breakfast at Tiffany's Brunch to support efforts to fund ovarian cancer research as well as local education and awareness campaigns!

Great to catch up with folks in Wayne County at the annual Heritage Baptist Church dinner. Thanks to Pastor Tim Young for inviting me, and glad to see New York State Senator Pam Helming, New York Assemblyman Robert Oaks, Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts, and Lyons Town Supervisor Brian Manktelow!

Throughout the country, and in Central New York, the heroin and opioid epidemic has swept through our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Thank you to Healthcare Leadership Council for taking the time to meet with me to discuss legislation that would help providers reduce the risk of opioid addiction. I remain committed to fighting this public health crisis in Congress.

Had the pleasure of seeing Angelo himself at Angelo's Pizza in Auburn! Thanks to Matt for serving up a great lunch.

Great meeting with local advocates from Citizens Climate Lobby. We had a productive discussion about climate change and renewable energy proposals in Congress. Thanks for coming by!

In Central New York, McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center does tremendous work to help end child abuse and neglect and combat human trafficking
. During the month of April, McMahon/Ryan celebrates Child Abuse Prevention Month with its annual “Go Blue For Kids” campaign, which they kicked off with their “Go Blue For Kids” breakfast. It was my honor to submit the below statement to the Congressional Record recognizing the work of McMahon/Ryan and to help shed light on child abuse and neglect. 

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John Katko (NY-24)
Member of Congress

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CNY child advocates, law enforcement gather to talk regional human trafficking

Rep. John Katko: More resources needed to combat human trafficking in CNY

Central NY schools can apply for federal grants for more officers, mental health services

Experts: Human Trafficking Cases Increase in CNY with Opioids


Federal spending bill includes money for school safety 

Our constituent service team is made up of experienced caseworkers who specialize in helping constituents and their families solve problems with federal agencies.

Please contact my Syracuse District Office at (315) 423-5657 if you would like assistance with:
  • Dealing with Federal agencies
  • Purchasing U.S. Flags
  • Military Academy Nominations
  • Tours and tickets for your visit to Washington, D.C.
  • Internships

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional District. The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 24th District. The winning artwork of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country. The winning artwork is also featured on House.gov's Congressional Art Competition page.

All entries must be original in concept, design and execution and may not violate any U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. Work entered must be in the original medium (that is, not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).

If you would like more information on the annual Congressional District Art Competition, including this year's deadlines, please click HERE.   
Syracuse, NY
District Office

440 South Warren St.
7th Floor Suite 711
Syracuse, NY 13202
P: (315) 423-5657
F: (315) 423-5604
Auburn, NY
Regional Office

71 Genesee St.
Auburn, NY 13021
P: (315) 253-4068
F: (315) 253-2435
Lyons, NY
Regional Office

7376 State Rte. 31
Lyons, NY 14489
Oswego, NY
Regional Office

13 W. Oneida St.
Second Floor
Oswego, NY 13126
Washington, DC
Congressional Office

1620 Longworth HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
P: (202) 225-3701
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